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Colombian based management team with significant in-country experience
Strong technical experience within Colombian basins
Strong capital markets expertise having led large public resource companies in the past


Ronald Pantin, Executive Chairman

Ronald Pantin was the co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Pacific Exploration & Production from 2007 until 2016. He led the company during its intensive growth period. Prior to that Mr. Pantin worked in the Venezuelan oil industry for twenty-three years where he held several technical and senior managerial positions in Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), including Vice President of Corpoven, Vice President of PDVSA E&P, President of PDVSA Exploration, President of PDVSA Servicios, and Executive Vice President of PDVSA Oil & Gas. Mr. Pantin holds degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Management Science from Mississippi State University, and Master degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Serafino Iacono, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Serafino Iacono has over three decades of experience in capital markets and public companies and has raised more than $4 billion for numerous natural resource projects internationally. Mr. Iacono is the former Co-Chairman and Executive Director of Pacific Rubiales. He also currently serves as an Executive Chairman at Gran Colombia Gold Corp, a mid-tier gold producer in Colombia.

Marianella Bernal Parada, Chief Financial Officer

Marianella Bernal has more than 14 years of experience in public and private sectors related to investment, strategic and financial planning. She served as Private Advisor to the Minister of Information & Communication Technologies of Colombia and as a Chief of its Strategic Planning Office between 2015 and 2018. Other positions Marianella had previously held include Chief of Strategic Planning Office of Cormagdalena (between 2013 and 2015), Commercial Advisor at Hem Securities Stockbroker and Corporate Account Manager at Bancolombia.

Vincenzo Paglione, Vice President Planning

Vincenzo Paglione is a Petroleum Engineer with 45 years of experience in the World Hydrocarbons Industry, occupying technical, managerial and executive positions worldwide. President of Intevep (R&D for PDVSA), President of Codicit, Vice President and member of the PDVSA Board, Member of the Board of Nynas in Sweden and Roehr Oel in Germany, Coordinator of Citgo Board in the US, Advisor to ENI Board, member of the team for Shell’s Growth Plan strategy in Qatar, Management of Shell’s relationships with Eni and Repsol, Deputy Chairman of Shell Italia E&P, External Director and Member of the Board of Anzon Energy in Australia, Several positions in the World Energy Council (WEC), Atlantic Council and DOE in the US, President of the Venezuelan-Japanese Chamber.

Additional Board Members

Federico Restrepo-Solano, Director

Federico Restrepo-Solano is a Colombian business executive with more than 27 years of experience in the mining, oil and infrastructure industries. Currently he is a Partner and Corporate Director of Qvartz Capital Partners, a strategic advisory firm, and has served as Senior Vice-President of Corporate Affairs with Frontera Energy and its predecessor, Pacific Exploration and Production, President of Promotora del Puerto Integrado-Propuerto S.A., President of the National Federation of Coal Producers (Fenalcarbón), Corporate Affairs Manager for Coalcorp Mining Inc., and Special Advisor on Environmental and Port Affairs for the City of Santa Marta. Mr. Restrepo holds a degree in Social Communications Sciences from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, and a Diploma in Corporate Finance from Universidad del Rosario.

Humberto Calderon Berti, Director

Mr. Calderon Berti is a Venezuelan geologist, petroleum engineer, former president of PDVSA (Venezuela’s state-owned petroleum company), and the country’s former Minister of Energy and Mines, as well as former Minister, he is also a former OPEC president. His undergraduate degree was from the Central University of Venezuela, and he has a Master’s in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2003, he and other former PDVSA petroleum executives founded the Colombian company, Vetra Energia, S.L.

Gordon Keep, Director

Gordon Keep has extensive business experience in investment banking and creating public natural resource companies.  Mr. Keep currently is CEO of Fiore Management & Advisory Corp., a private financial advisory firm.  He also serves as an officer and/or director for several natural resource companies.  From January 2001 to July 2007, Mr. Keep was Managing Director of Corporate Finance at Endeavour Financial Corporation, September 1997 until March 2004, he was Senior Vice President and a director of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., and from April 1987 until October 1997, he was Vice President, Corporate Finance in the Natural Resource group of Yorkton Securities Inc.  He obtained his B.Sc. in Geological Science from Queen’s University in 1979 and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in 1983 and is a Professional Geologist in the province of British Columbia.

D. Jeffrey Harder, Director

D. Jeffrey Harder was previously a partner with Deloitte LLP before his retirement from the firm. He has more than 40 years experience in performing financial advisory services, including: business, asset and securities valuations, mergers and acquisitions, business modelling and strategic analysis. His professional assignments focused on the natural resources sectors including upstream and downstream assets and related infrastructure assets. During his professional services career Mr. Harder held several strategic governance and operational positions, including: Office Managing Partner, Canada business leader, Americas business leader, Global executive committee member and Board of Directors member. Mr. Harder’s Deloitte Americas business leadership roles focused on the major economic countries in Latin America, including: Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

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